My family always has my back. They have always supported my dreams. I have learnt to stand up against people who had low expectations of me, and I proved to them that I can do whatever I put my mind to. I completed my year 10 work experience at a vet and got great feedback from the vet. I got 80% on my Biology Exam in year 10 which reminded me that I can accomplish my dreams.

Movement has always been important for me. When school was hard, I had to run twice a day, an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon to be able to regulate so I could sit still in class for the day. I run on a treadmill at home and I have run in some races as well. Twelve kilometres has been my best race and time. I have medals that remind me of my tenacity.

Halfway through year 11, when I changed schools, I had one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. I climbed my way out of a depressive spiral and suicidal mindset and met four incredible friends who welcomed me and accept me and my disability. I am slowly remembering my strengths and working through my trauma in therapy. I have learnt to embrace my disability and I’ve learned to love it, for without it, I wouldn’t be standing here today.

This project is a partnership of

Logo for Women with Disabilities
Logo for Youth Disability Advocacy Network Inc
Logo for WA's Individualised Services
Logo for People With disabilities (WA)
Logo for Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre
The Lives We Lead Worklife has been funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services.
Logo for Disability WA Resources link